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Front Page News at Indiana University

September 27, 2011

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IU President McRobbie to deliver State of the University address
IU Informatics dean testifies in D.C. on need for K-12 computer science improvements, job opportunities
Incomplete coverage vs. unexpected costs: Economists point out dilemma in Affordable Care Act
Author Alexandra Fuller to read work at IU as guest of College Arts and Humanities Institute
IU's Leading Index for Indiana unchanged from July, indicates that economy is 'slowly coasting'
IU receives NSF grant to expand internship program in network engineering
Paul Simon, Punch Brothers to perform at IU Auditorium Nov. 20
IU Kelley School professor to examine how women respond to information about the HPV vaccine
Renowned percussionist Michael Spiro joins IU Jacobs School of Music faculty
Saskia Sassen is the first visiting scholar for IU's Framing the Global project
Hoosier to Hoosier raises more than $17,000 for worthy causes
Indiana CTSI to support colon cancer research in rural Indiana
Environmental policy series at IU to include 'Green Paradox' author
Author Ron Rosenbaum to speak at Indiana University on ethics of nuclear war
Evidence of faster-than-light particles puts IU theoretical physicist in spotlight
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IU President McRobbie to deliver State of the University address
Indiana University President Michael McRobbie will deliver the annual State of the University address Tuesday (Sept. 27) on the IU Bloomington campus. The address will be held at 2 p.m. in the Frangipani Room of the Indiana Memorial Union. Read the complete story.

IU Informatics dean testifies in D.C. on need for K-12 computer science improvements, job opportunities
Indiana University School of Informatics and Computing Dean Bobby Schnabel today (Sept. 21) warned members of a U.S. Congressional subcommittee on science, space and technology that the United States could lose tremendous job opportunities if more isn't done to teach computer science in grades K-12. Read the complete story.

Incomplete coverage vs. unexpected costs: Economists point out dilemma in Affordable Care Act
A paper by economists at the Indiana University School of Public and Environmental Affairs and the Cornell University College of Human Ecology points to the difficult policy trade-offs that the U.S. faces as it implements the health-care reform legislation approved in December 2009. Read the complete story.

Author Alexandra Fuller to read work at IU as guest of College Arts and Humanities Institute
Acclaimed African-born author Alexandra Fuller will present a public reading at Indiana University Bloomington Oct. 19 at 5:30 p.m. in Rawles Hall 100. Fuller is the fall 2011 guest speaker for the "Cultural Conflicts" lecture series hosted by the IU College Arts and Humanities Institute. Inaugurated in 2002, the lecture series has brought to IU literature Nobel Prize winners Seamus Heaney and JM Coetzee, as well as many best-selling writers, including Alexander McCall Smith and Michael Chabon. Read the complete story.

IU's Leading Index for Indiana unchanged from July, indicates that economy is 'slowly coasting'
"The LII's lack of movement supports the general economic consensus -- the Indiana economy is slowly coasting, not accelerating, but not lurching to a stop," said Timothy Slaper, director of economic analysis at the Indiana Business Research Center (IBRC) in Indiana University's Kelley School of Business, which compiles the monthly report. Read the complete story.

IU receives NSF grant to expand internship program in network engineering
Indiana University's Summer of Networking internship program, which provides students with hands-on, practical training from the university's acclaimed network engineering staff, has received a two-year, $270,595 grant from the National Science Foundation. The grant will enable IU to expand the program and continue focusing on preparing students for the high-tech job market. Read the complete story.

Paul Simon, Punch Brothers to perform at IU Auditorium Nov. 20
Grammy Award-winning artist Paul Simon will perform at IU Auditorium on November 20 at 7:30 p.m. with an opening act by Punch Brothers. Tickets will go on sale Friday, Sept. 30, at 10 a.m. Read the complete story.

IU Kelley School professor to examine how women respond to information about the HPV vaccine
Dena S. Cox, a professor of marketing and faculty fellow at the Kelley School of Business Indianapolis, has received a $99,600, two-year research grant from Merck to study factors influencing young women's adoption of the human papillomavirus (HPV) vaccine. Read the complete story.

Renowned percussionist Michael Spiro joins IU Jacobs School of Music faculty
Following three years as a visiting faculty member, internationally recognized world percussionist, recording artist and educator Michael Spiro has been appointed associate professor of percussion at the Indiana University Jacobs School of Music. Read the complete story.

Saskia Sassen is the first visiting scholar for IU's Framing the Global project
Saskia Sassen, an internationally renowned sociologist and global studies scholar, will be the first visiting scholar for the Framing the Global project at Indiana University. Sassen, the Robert S. Lynd Professor of Sociology and co-chair of the Committee on Global Thought at Columbia University and also a professor of sociology at the London School of Economics, will present a public lecture on Monday (Sept. 26), "Beyond National Versus Global: Emergent Assemblages of Territory, Authority and Rights." Read the complete story.

Hoosier to Hoosier raises more than $17,000 for worthy causes
The second annual Hoosier to Hoosier Community Sale (H2H) raised $17,420 for United Way of Monroe County, Habitat for Humanity of Monroe County and sustainability funds with Indiana University and the City of Bloomington. Read the complete story.

Indiana CTSI to support colon cancer research in rural Indiana
Support from a statewide research institute centered at the Indiana University School of Medicine will expand a project to fight colorectal cancer into rural and suburban communities in north central Indiana. Read the complete story.

Environmental policy series at IU to include 'Green Paradox' author
German economist Hans-Werner Sinn, whose book The Green Paradox criticizes demand-side approaches to addressing climate change, will take part in a lecture series and mini-conference on environmental policy next week at Indiana University Bloomington. Read the complete story.

Author Ron Rosenbaum to speak at Indiana University on ethics of nuclear war
Ron Rosenbaum, a highly regarded journalist and the author of books on topics as diverse as Hitler, Shakespeare and the modern-day risk of nuclear war, will present a free lecture at Indiana University Bloomington next month. Read the complete story.

Evidence of faster-than-light particles puts IU theoretical physicist in spotlight
Whether physicists in Europe last week recorded a timing error in the billionths-of-a-second range or actually evidenced particles traveling faster than light, the phone is still ringing off the hook in the office of Alan Kostelecky, Indiana University Bloomington distinguished professor of physics. Read the complete story.

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IU in the news

Blind Employees Helping Reduce Hospital Noise Levels
InsideINdianaBusiness.com Report, Sept. 26 -- Indianapolis-based Bosma Enterprises, which employs 75 blind or visually impaired employees, is helping reduce noise at Indiana University Health hospitals. Workers have outfitted approximately 400 linen, delivery and other carts with new sealed ball bearings. Bosma employees package surgical and medical exam gloves for veteran's hospitals throughout the country, in addition to working on various projects, including IU Health's noise reduction program. Full story.

Occupational Therapists Renew Lost Art Of Handwriting
Theindychannel.com, Sept. 24 -- Occupational therapists from across Indiana gathered at Indiana University-Purdue University Indianapolis on Saturday to teach young students how to better use their hands and fingers to write. Educators said that handwriting has become overshadowed and somewhat outdated by the technology of laptops and smartphones. Full story.

Area food banks will receive fresh produce
Pal-item.com, Sept. 25 -- Gleaners Food Bank, Indiana University Health, the city of Indianapolis and the Indianapolis Parks Foundation announced Wednesday they're teaming up on the project to be known as Indy Urban Acres. "This resource, which is in our own back yard, has the ability to get healthy foods into the hands that need them the most," said Cindy Hubert, Gleaners president and chief executive. Full story.

Nearly all U.S. doctors are now on social media
Ama-assn.org, Sept. 26 -- "The rise in social media has been so meteoric," said Dr. Bosslet, an internist at Indiana University Health and an affiliate faculty member at the Charles Warren Fairbanks Center for Medical Ethics in Indianapolis, which sponsored his research. The time that passed between data collection to his study's results being posted was like a "generation later," he said. Full story.

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